July 2014 - All Rum

This month's Spirits feature is All Rum
All Rum Reviews
206817
Pusser’s
109 Proof Rum
Copper color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, caramelized coconuts and bananas with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a vaporous finish with notes of caramel chocolate fudge, pepper, nuts, metal ore, and green tobacco. Surprisingly clean and balanced given the proof and outstandingly flavorful. A great choice for punches and cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206138
Pusser’s
"Nelson's Blood" 15 Year Old Navy Rum
Amber copper color. Aromas of grilled tropical fruits, toffee, mocha, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a caramelized stone fruit, molasses, copper, grass, and powdered sugar accented finish. A zesty aged rum for sipping or cocktails.
95 points $59.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206818
Pusser’s
150 Proof Rum
Copper color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee, roasted cashews, and pepper with a a fiery, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vaporous warming praline, Coleman’s fuel, straw, mocha cream, and white pepper finish. Mellow out nicely with water.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205726
Rum Malecon
Seleccion Esplendida 1982
Deep amber color. Aroma of caramelized bananas and blueberries, sweet dill, honeycomb, and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, praline, pepper, tobacco, and mineral finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced aged rum that will cover many bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206781
Florida Old Reserve
Sherry Cask Rum
Amber color. Pleasant aromas of toffee, raisins, and coconut cream pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hint of licorice, cherry, and warming brown spices on the finish. A very tasty and cleverly made dark rum for all applications.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206860
Rougaroux
Sugarshine Rum
Clear. Aromas of vanilla yogurt nuts and coconut with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, warming vanilla cream, banana frosting and nougat finish. A clean, tasty overproof rum.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206137
Pusser’s
British Navy Rum
Copper color. Pot still like aromas of bananas and leaves, coconut cream, praline, and copper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, tropical citrus, spice, molasses, horchata, caramel, and mineral finish. A superbly flavorful and balanced dark rum that will instantly elevate cocktails.
93 points $23 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206186
Summum
Rum Reserva Especial
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, malted toffee, egg nog, and spice cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a delicate warming, creamy, spicy finish. An elegant balanced and flavorful rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206735
Rhum Clément
Rhum Vieux Agricole Select Barrel
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts and cola with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely restrained wet stone and pepper accented finish. A stylish sipper or cocktail choice.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206866
Diplomatico
Ultra Premium Blanco Rum
Clear. Aromas of baked bananas and coconuts and mocha fudge with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a whipped cream, delicate spice, dried fruit, and praline accented finish. A fantastically smooth and flavorful white rum for all occasions.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206787
Phraya
Deep Matured Gold Rum
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconuts and nuts with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, mineral and cream accented finish. A very flavorful and well made dry golden rum.
92 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206719
Bacardi
Ron 8 Años Rum
Copper color. Aromas of polished wood, butter roasted nuts, and caramel with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a long, sweet spice and vanilla finish. A tasty, well aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206187
Summum
Rum Malt Whisky Finished
Old gold color. Aromas of yuzu, pine blossom, and exotic tropical citrus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a five spice, nougat, and sarsaparilla float accented finish. Very distinctive and exotically flavorful; Will be great in Asian style cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206820
Richland
Rum
Pale amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of coconut creme brulee, mocha, polished wood, and toffee with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a nutty, spicy, coppery mineral tang on the finish. A dry, serious oak aged pot still rum for sipping or bold cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206825
Penny Blue
XO Single Estate Mauritian Rum
Pale amber color. Aromas of suede roasted pecans, brown sugar, and brown butter with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long polished wood, tobacco, mineral accented finish. A superb choice for cigars.
91 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206865
Diplomatico
Añejo Rum
Brassy amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-vanilla fudge, chocolate fig, and mocha latte with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, smooth, warming brown spices and nuts finish. A very well made and stylish dark rum.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206861
Rougaroux
Full Moon Dark Rum
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate nut bar, rye cracker, pencil eraser, and clay with a dryish light body and a rye flour, banana peel, nutshell, leather, and pepper accented finish. Lots of interesting rye barrel character.
90 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206783
Bully Boy Distillers
White Rum
Clear. Aromas of latex, banana peel, young coconut, and vanilla salt water taffy with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a grass, cream and mineral finish. A nice artisanal character for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206778
Club Caribe
Citrus Rum
Clear. Aromas of lemon chiffon pie and candied orange peel with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a very clean and creamy Meyer lemon gelato and lime soda finish. Tasty, balanced and well made.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206398
APPLETON ESTATE
V/X Rum
Pale amber color. Aromas of grilled bananas and citrus and smoked nuts with a dryish medium body a caramel cream, cane stalk, rubber sap, and peppercorn finish. A rock solid, dry rum for mixing.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206782
Bully Boy Distillers
Boston Rum
Bright amber color. interesting aromas of cherry cola float, grape popsicle, salted nuts, and milk chocolate nut bar with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle cedar and spice accented finish. Lots of wood tones here.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206867
Diplomatico
Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Deep copper color. Aromas of toffee, candied cherries and raspberries, and root beer with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a coffee gelato, browns spices, and cola nut finish. A fruity, sexy aged rum for sipping or cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206716
Kirk and Sweeney
12 Year Old Rum
Rich copper color. Aromas of nut brittle, mocha, and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, roasted coconut and banana creme brulee accented finish. A very nice sipper or mixing rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206786
BlackMask
Tropical Chai Spiced Pacific Rum
Amber. Mellow spice aromas and flavors of root beer float, herbal liqueur, star anise, and cinnamon with a very dry light-to-medium body and a nut, dried flower, cola, and pepper accented finish. A dry, zesty spiced rum that will add a lot of character to cocktails.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206752
Bardenay
Ginger Spiced Rum
Yellow straw color. Aromas of Key lime and lemon meringue pies with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a ginger ale and Asian spices accented finish. A pleasant spiced rum for tiki and Asian themed cocktails.
88 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206754
Cruzan
Estate Diamond Dark Rum
Old gold color. Curious, yet attractive aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake with cherry ice cream with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nutty praline and brown spices finish. Very fruity and tasty.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206819
Pusser’s
Rum Spiced
Copper color. Aromas of cinnamon nuts, sandalwood, caraway, and toasted spices with a sweet light-to-medium body and a caramel and clove gum finish. Tasty and balanced spice flavors for mixing.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206732
Dutch’s Spirits
Sugar Wash Moonshine
Clear. Aromas of roasted coconut and tropical citrus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and banana cream, salt water taffy, and marzipan accented finish with nice warmth. Will add a nice touch to cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206785
BlackMask
Original Spiced Pacific Rum
Amber color. Coconut taffy and tropical fruit punch aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dried tropical citrus, peppery spice, and mineral finish. A nice dry spiced rum.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206697
Eastside Distilling
Below Deck Spiced Rum
Bright amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of cinnamon and cola with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sweet cream and dusty mineral accented finish. A simple, but purely flavored spiced rum.
87 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206774
Flag Hill
White Rum
Clear. Aromas of nougat, anise cookie, and cream with a silky, dryish medium body and an oily, pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon nuanced finish. A sturdy white rum for craft cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206824
Ypióca
Ouro Cachaça
Brassy golden amber color. Funky aromas and flavors of grilled whole plantains and nuts, fresh meringue, tamarind, and fuel-like minerals with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate spice, dried fruit, green tobacco leaf, and coal mine accented finish.
87 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206780
Black Roberts
Silver Rum
Clear. Very mild aromas suggest cane and nougat with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grassy, powdered sugar, cream, mineral and pepper accented finish. A clean, very dry, almost vodka-like white rum.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206700
Tropic Isle Palms
Vanilla Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of coconut yogurt and cotton candy with a silky, sweet medium body and a gentle sugary vanilla ice cream finish. Well made but quite sweet.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206784
Mekhong
"The Spirit of Thailand"
Copper penny color. Rich aromas of soy sauce, orange peel, balsamic, toffee and mint tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, cedar, brown sugar, and peppery spice finish. Interesting; try in adventurous cocktails.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206875
Prichard’s
Peach Mango Rum
Rich amber color. Aromas of peach herbal tea and herbal mango chutney with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a peach yogurt accented finish. Different and fun to mix with.
85 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206892
Ballast Point
Barrel Aged Rum
Pale amber color. Whisky led aromas of toasted coconut, nutshell, grain sack, and baked banana with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a mellow mango, anisette cookie, pepper, and mineral finish. Interesting bourbon barrel character here for experimental cocktails.
85 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207013
Lost Spirits
Navy Style Rum
Mahogany color. Aromas of coffee grounds, cocoa, tobacco ash, and clay with a brash, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long vaporous hot molasses and charred nut finish. Water brings out the ashy tobacco notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206777
Club Caribe
Coconut Rum
Clear. Toasted coconut and vanilla lime ice aromas with a soft, sweet medium body and a waxy honeycomb accented finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206714
Sugar Island
Coconut Rum
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of piña colada with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and vanilla wax candy and pineapple Lifesaver finish.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206715
Sugar Island
Spiced Rum
Dark copper color. Aromas of warm milk and honey with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling pepper and creamy egg nog like finish. Different, and not very spicy, but tasty.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206862
Rougaroux
13 Pennies Praline Rum
Hazy copper salmon color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, banana taffy, and vanilla sesame candy with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sassafras float and pepper accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206699
Tropic Isle Palms
Black Cherry Rum
Clear. Bright maraschino cherry aroma and flavor with a sweet and tannic light body and a medicinal Luden’s cherry lozenge finish. Try with cola.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206891
Ballast Point
Three Sheet Rum
Clear. Sake-like aromas of creme fraiche, overripe plantain and melon, and Asian pear with a soft, dry light body and a terse straw, soy milk, and warming peppery alcohol finish. Not a lot of character here.
82 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206779
Black Roberts
Spiced Rum
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pistachio oil, mace, and vanilla milk with a soft, dryish light body and a dusty spices and flour cookie finish.
81 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206722
Bacardi
1873 Ron Solera Rum
Bronze color with an olive cast. Aromas of molten plastic and shellacked wood with a soft, dryish medium body and a burnt sugar, pesticide, and charred nut finish. Weird.
81 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206110
Rogue Spirits
Hazelnut Rum
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of toasted spiced hazelnuts and white chocolate cookie with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a nut oil, pepper, cola, and zucchini bread accented finish.
81 points $35.15
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206723
Bacardi
Pineapple Fusion Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and coconut candies with a sweet, slightly tannic light-to-medium body and a powdery, artificial sweetener finish.
80 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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